Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the impoverished, fatalistic astrologer for whom Miller is made financially responsible from Paris in 1936-39?

2. Moricand gives Miller a precious copy of what?

3. What does Moricand assert gives character and strength?

4. Who informs Moricand that he may not work and comes after Miller, who is legally responsible for him?

5. Whose maxim is it that genuine needs are always met?

Short Essay Questions

1. What criticisms does Miller assert of American values in Part 2, Peace and Solitude: a Potpourri, Chapter 15?

2. What is Miller's conclusion of Big Sur upon the Epilogue of the novel?

3. How does Miller describe his "addiction" to writing letters in the Epilogue?

4. What is Miller's intention to the reader in writing the Epilogue?

5. How does Miller describe Slade's Springs in the text?

6. How does Miller describe reading fan mail in the Epilogue?

7. What is Miller's wife's reaction to Conrad Moricand? How does Moricand's first impression fade?

8. Who does Miller call for to help take care of Moricand in Part 3, Paradise Lost? What is Moricand's condition at this point?

9. What does Miller write about astrology in Part 3, "Paradise Lost"?

10. Who is Conrad Moricand and how does Miller know him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Miller's use of irony as it applies to his commentary on American values. What is the definition of irony? What effect does it have in this example?

Essay Topic 2

What was the critical response to Miller's Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch? How did this differ from Tropic of Cancer or Tropic of Capricorn? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Miller's philosophy of art and painting in Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch. When did Miller begin painting and what inspired him?

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